Abimbola Olayinka Idowu, popularly known as Segilola Grey, is a 71-year-old Nigerian woman who is making her marks in the modeling industry. Undaunted by the criticism she received at the beginning of her modeling career, the elderly woman has forged on and has created a landmark for people in her age group.
In an exclusive interview with Legit.ng, the beautiful old woman revealed how she ventured into modeling and how she has been able to cope with the hassles that come with it.
Idowu who was born in Lagos state said that she grew up on Berkeley street at Ebute-Metta area of Lagos. Her mother is a native of Ota while her father was born in Ilaro, Ogun state. The Nigerian model who lost her husband years back said that they had children before his demise.
According to her, one of her children, encouraged her to pick up modeling because of the love he has for the profession. He opened her eyes to the benefits accrued to modeling and making herself an asset in the industry. The old woman also revealed that her son who happens to be a hairdresser has lots of artistes as friends; thus, her transitioning into the industry was a smooth one.
In the chat Madam Idowu had with Legit.ng, she talked about her educational background stating that she studied up to standard six in a catholic school before she moved on to Ansarudeen, a modern school.
Before she ventured into modeling, the old woman said that she worked as an engager where she moderated at wedding ceremonies either as Alaga-iduro or Alaga-ijoko. She also does catering alongside as well. She worked both jobs in order to make ends meet.
Picking up modeling as a career has changed a lot of things for her as she discovered it is demanding and she could no longer cope with the other jobs. Talking about the impression people have about young ladies who model in Nigeria, Idowu said women do not have to expose parts of their bodies before they get recognized as models.
According to her, the God given beauty women have is enough; enhancing one’s beauty can also be done but one should not take extreme measures in doing that. She also said people are often amused finding an old person like her in that field but the love she has for her son made her yield to his idea. Moreover, he has come to see some of the advantages of modeling.
Madam Idowu also said her faith does not put any religious restriction on her career. She said that she appreciates the fact that the profession has exposed her to a lot of things. People now want to be associated with her and interact with her whenever they run into her.
The old woman who was being dressed up for a photo-shoot as at the time the interview was conducted talked about the hassles of the job. She said dressing up and posing for each shoot could be stressful but it is something that she has come to love.
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At the inception of her modeling career, the 71-year-old woman said she and her son spent their money investing in it. They almost ran broke trying to set things up as they had to be responsible for everything they did. But the story has changed as her work is gradually being recognized. She also mentioned that brands are now eager to work with her.
Legit.ng asked her about her stage name ‘Segilola Grey’ as she did not mention it as part of her names. She said she chose the name Segilola as prestigious women in royal settings often bear the name. It is a name that tags the bearer as a wealthy person. The grey part of the name is her identity as she is modeling at an old age.
Idowu wants to be remembered for starting the Segilola Grey brand; she also wants people to see that modeling is a beautiful job and can be done responsibly.
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